Dr. Eugene W. Bunkowske, Ph.D., Litt. D., D.D.,
Who's Who in America and D. Litt.
As Fiechtner Chair Professor of Christian Outreach at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, Dr. Bunkowske is responsible for bridging the gap between the community and university in ways that sensitize people to people of different cultures and languages and to God's goal that all should be one in and through Christ. He is tasked with the challenge of developing creative approaches for getting outreach into the blood stream of people, organizations, governments and institution throughout the world. He does this by assisting the CSP faculty and staff, members of congregations and people of other church entities with understanding the essential nature of translating God's message into every language and social context worldwide. For Dr. Bunkowske Christian Outreach is the "beating heart" at the center of ministry both in North America and non-North American contexts.
As Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Outreach (MACO), Dr. Bunkowske has developed an unparalleled opening for people to study and do Christian Outreach from the perspective of "Seed Planting for creative living and the multiplication of Seed Planters." In this MACO program students are afforded a unique chance to bond with others from all over the United States and the world. They quite naturally become "practicing associates"with their creator God in His mission of outreach to all and thus become "mobilizers" for God's mission of bringing people of all languages and nations His desired divine unity and harmony for His purpose and blessing for all.
For the past 25 years Dr. Bunkowske has taught and lived Christian outreach, missiology and cross cultural ministry while serving as a professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne and Concordia University in St. Paul Minnesota. From 1982 to 2002 Dr. Bunkowske served as a Professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, included in his work there was the founding and directing of the Ph.D. program in Missiology. He also served as a Vice President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod from 1989 to 1998. Since 2002 he has been working at Concordia University.
For the 22 years prior to this (1960-82) Dr. Bunkowske and his family served as missionaries in Africa. During the first years in Africa, Dr. Bunkowske worked in Nigeria. He served as an evangelistic missionary, school manager, built a hospital, worked with Yala coworkers in reducing the Yala language to writing and with expatriate and Yala coworkers in Yala literacy and Bible Translation. He assisted the Lutheran Bible Translators in establishing their work in Liberia and Sierra Leones and was loaned by the LCN/LCMS to the United Bible Societies (UBS) for the work of Translation Consultancy in West Africa and then in the whole of Africa. During his final years in Africa, Dr. Bunkowske served as one of the four UBS World Translation Coordinators. His area of responsibility was the 60 plus countries in the African Continent that he served from Nairobi, Kenya.
Having received his Ph.D. in Linguistics, with minors in Cross-cultural Studies, Anthropology\Sociology and Communication, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Bunkowske stands as a recognized expert in this area of Christian Outreach. He had lectured and conducted workshops and seminars in over half of the countries in Africa, many parts of the USA and in many other parts of the world. His Topics in Yala Grammar, together with the ten books that he edited for the Mission and Communication Congress series and two books for the Lutheran Society for Missiology are recognized as making an outstanding contribution, in the field of Christian Outreach, Linguistics, Missiology, Evangelism and Communication.
Dr. Bunkowske has been recognized in "Who's Who in America" for his contributions in Higher Education, Christian Outreach, Evangelism and Missiology. He has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees by St. John's College, Winfield, Kansas, Concordia University, Irvine, California, and Concordia University, St. Paul Minnesota.